COUNSELLING

Our counsellors are professional counsellors registered with their own counselling regulatory body.  They are helping us to offer affordable counselling to individuals who are facing financial barriers to accessing mental health services.  Our counsellors work within our model to help you determine a sliding scale session rate that you can afford. Your extended health insurance plan may also cover the cost of counselling.

We utilize a short-term model of practice limiting sessions to a maximum of 12 sessions. This allows us to keep our wait list low and allows us to support as many Nova Scotians as we can. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis if you require additional sessions.

Our intake session is $50 for an individual. During this session, our counsellors will help you determine your affordability for your subsequent sessions. Our sliding scale ranges from $50 – $80 per session for individual counselling.

Our Counsellors


Zarrin Ghaferi, is a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C), holds a BSc in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a strong advocate of evidence-based interventions, client-centered and trauma-informed approaches. Zarrin utilizes Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy within her counselling sessions to support, empower, and assist her clients to achieve their goals. She works with culturally diverse populations, is passionate about helping newcomers settle in their new home, and has experience providing mental health support to youth and adults dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, interpersonal issues, and substance use disorders. Zarrin can speak in both English and Persian/Farsi.

You can also book with Zarrin by contacting her via email zarrin@thoughtfulchanges.org or call (902) 932-7122 x102 .

Zarrin’s current availability is 7-8pm Monday to Friday.


Meghan Scott (she/her) is a Registered Counselling Therapist (candidate). Meghan is originally from New Brunswick but moved to Halifax for university in 2014. Meghan graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons Psychology) in 2018. Meghan recently completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. During this time Meghan completed her practicum with the Peoples Counselling Clinic. She has experience supporting individuals experiencing various mental health issues through both her professional, and her volunteer work. Meghan is interested in working with trauma, mood disorders, and addictions. She is motivated to implement a range of evidence based techniques into her therapeutic practice, specifically deriving from a client-centered, and holistic based approach. Meghan strives to create an environment that promotes client growth and empowerment. In her spare time Meghan enjoys baking sweet treats, working out, and spending time with her furry friends.

You can also book with Meghan by contacting her via email meghan@thoughtfulchanges.org or call (902) 932-7122 x104.


Krystle Annand, is a Registered Counselling Therapist (Candidate). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville. She is passionate about helping people develop self-awareness around recurring issues making them feel stuck and guiding clients to navigate forward with resolution. She is client centered and eclectic in her approach to counselling clients and draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Narrative and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Krystle has experience counselling clients with anxiety, depression, stress and trauma and has an interest in working with codependency. 

You can also book with Krystle by contacting her via email krystle@thoughtfulchanges.org or call (902) 932-7122 x103.

Krystle’s current availability is Monday’s 9am-4pm, 8:30-9:30am Tuesday’s through to Thursday.


Heather is a highly engaged, empathetic, and compassionate counsellor who believes that relationship and connection are the keys to finding meaning and purpose in life. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT). Heather strives to create tailor-made solutions that will help individuals live their lives to their full potential. She is an experienced facilitator, career Counsellor, couples Counsellor and spiritual guide who is passionate about supporting individuals on their healing paths as she employs trauma-informed, narrative, solution-focused, and strength-based approaches with both individuals and their families. Heather brings to our team her experience counselling youth living with disabilities and mental illness who are transitioning to meaningful employment and careers, counselling those in recovery from addictions, as well as working with individuals and couples who are experiencing crisis in their lives and relationships.


Stacy Darku obtained her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  Stacy is a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapist.  Stacy began her career working with homeless women in New Brunswick.  Stacy has worked with individuals of different backgrounds that have faced adversities. Stacy works with individuals facing addiction, individuals that have experienced trauma, and individuals that are struggling with the stressors in life. Stacy uses narrative therapy, exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy.

You can also book with Stacy by contacting her via email stacy@thoughtfulchanges.org or call (902) 932-7122 x105.

Stacy’s current availability is Monday’s 9-10am, 11:30-12:30pm and Tuesday’s 9-10am, 11am-12pm.



More counsellors to come in the future!